V.R. Ramanan is an executive consulting R&D scientist in the U.S. Corporate Research Center at ABB in Raleigh, North Carolina. He serves as the global project manager for amorphous distribution transformers. He has been with ABB since 1993, where he has managed various R&D and product development activities. Ramanan was with Allied Signal Inc. from 1979 to 1992, where his research was focused on materials design and application development for amorphous metal technology. He received his PhD in physics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.